Wayne M. Richards  
Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners
Title: Commissioner

A commissioner since 2000, Wayne Richards keeps a strong focus on fiscal responsibility and bringing new, diversified business to the Port of Palm Beach.  Richards is currently serving his fourth term. He has led the port on several trade missions to the Caribbean nations of the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, and Trinidad/Tobago; created Palm Beach County Haiti Relief to assist those in dire need in the neighboring country; assisted in bringing the Bahamas Celebration and the Black Diamond Casino Cruises to the port; and increased revenue by supporting existing tenants while proactively attracting new bulk and break-bulk cargo clients.

Richards graduated with his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University and his law degree from the University of Michigan. A practicing attorney with his own law firm in Palm Beach County, he specializes in real estate and business law, land use, zoning, and governmental affairs. He enjoys quality time with his wife, Elrika, and their two daughters.

Community Involvement in the Past & Present:
  • Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, board member (2004-present)
  • Palm Beach County Zoning Commission, member (2002-2004) and chair (2004)
  • Roger Dean Stadium Advisory Board, member (2003-present)
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, member (1995-present)
  • F. Malcolm Cunningham, Senior Bar Association member (1995-present)
  • Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement, member
  • NAACP, member
  • Leadership Palm Beach County, graduate
  • University of Michigan Alumni Club of the Palm Beaches, member
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., life member and current president to the local chapter


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